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Woman charged in infant son’s death

Warrant claims Easley woman had drugs in system as she co-slept with baby EASLEY — An Easley woman was still More »

Keeping the dream alive

Members of Pickens Presbyterian Church and Griffin Ebenezer Baptist Church joined together Monday for their 12th annual Dr. Martin Luther More »

Liberty wins county wrestling championship

The Liberty High School wrestling team won the Pickens County wrestling championship on Saturday at Easley High School. The team More »

Dare to Dream

The man behind the dream Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta in 1929 to teacher Alberta King and More »

New signs installed as part of ‘Clemson history’ plan

By Cathy Sams Clemson University news@thepccourier.com CLEMSON — Clemson University has taken another significant step in sharing its complete history More »

Couple hopes to create

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Woman charged in infant son’s death

Warrant claims Easley woman had drugs in system as she co-slept with baby

EASLEY — An Easley woman was still behind bars without bond Tuesday after she was arrested Jan. 6 in connection with the November death of her 7-week-old son.

Kendall Reid Bishop, 21, is charged with unlawful conduct toward a child and providing false information to a police officer, according toonline Pickens County Detention Center records.

According to an Easley Police Department incident report, an officer was dispatched to 101 Wallace Drive,

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Keeping the dream alive

Members of Pickens Presbyterian Church and Griffin Ebenezer Baptist Church joined together Monday for their 12th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday celebration, marching from Pickens Presbyterian Church to the Pickens County Courthouse steps, where they heard from speakers including Rev. Charles Hendricks (above), Rev. C.L. Cruell and Pickens mayor David Owens and police chief Travis Riggs. The event also featured musical selections from a combined community choir, as well as prayers and inspirational messages from a variety of community leaders. To read more about Dr. King and his legacy, drill down farther into our website. Rocky Nimmons/Courier

 

PCSO: Truck stolen from Six Mile store

SIX MILE — The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of a pickup truck from a Six Mile service station on Thursday morning.

Chief deputy Creed Hashe said a gold 1997 Chevrolet 1500 truck was stolen from Durham’s Service Station on South Main Street. Hashe said the vehicle displayed a South Carolina license tag of FRG324 at the time of the theft.

The truck’s owner left the truck running and went inside the store at

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‘Meth is our biggest issue’

Liberty police chief talks drug problems in area

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

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LIBERTY — While heroin and opioids are present in the area, those drugs are not the ones that Liberty police officers deal with most often.

“The closer you get to Greenville, the worse it is,” Gilstrap said of heroin and opioids. “Meth is our biggest issue currently.”

Liberty Police chief Adam Gilstrap spoke at a recent lunch-and-learn session sponsored by the Liberty Area Chamber of Commerce.

Meth “reaches out and touches us all more than we really know,” he said. “A lot of theft, shoplifting, things like that, go to purchasing methamphetamine. We have several officers

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Mayor: Liberty leaders united

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

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LIBERTY — Mayor Brian Petersen said there are “lots of great things going on” in Liberty.

“Tremendous things,” he said.

On Jan. 11, Petersen gave his first State of the City update since being elected mayor in November. The State of the City event was a lunch-and-learn session sponsored by the Liberty Area Chamber of Commerce.

Although the city won’t have a full council until the special election to fill the Ward 4 seat, Petersen says the current council is united.

“We have unity and passion — about change, about vision, about where we need to go — on our current council that I have not seen in the 14 years of my involvement on city council,” Petersen said.

Petersen said the fact that no candidates filed for the Ward 4 election

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New Bojangles’ now open

The new Bojangles’ in Liberty is officially open to the public after a ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration on Tuesday. The restaurant is located at 7239 Moorefield Memorial Highway, just off U.S. Highway 123. “We are absolutely thrilled to open our newest Bojangles’ in Liberty,” said Jeff Rigsby, BOJ of WNC franchisee. The restaurant measures approximately 3,800 square feet, seats more than 70 people and will employ more than 40 full and part-time team members. Hours of operation for are from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday. Pictured holding the ribbon, from left, are Jennifer Clark of the Greater Pickens Chamber of Commerce, unit director Donald McKinnley, Rigsby, Liberty mayor Brian Petersen, BOJ of WNC/TN marketing director Michelle Parparian, Liberty Area Chamber of Commerce chair Elian Tyson and Liberty chamber board member Cyndi Coleman.

 

Hampton Memorial Park in the works

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

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PICKENS — Jim Garrison says that many of the patrons who use the Capt. Kimberly Hampton Library in Easley may not know anything about the woman it is named for.

“Most of them know her name, and they probably see her portrait in there but don’t realize the significance of that,” Garrison said.

He’s part of an effort to change that, by creating a memorial park for Hampton on the grounds of the library in Easley.

Hampton was the first female pilot in United States military history

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Auxiliary plans fundraiser events

PICKENS – The Cannon Memorial Auxiliary has two huge fundraisers set for January and February.

Later this month, the CMA will host a “White Elephant” sale. Donations for the sale will be taken from 1-4 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 24. Volunteers will accept new and gently used items for the sale. No clothing will be accepted.

The sale will be held on Thursday, Jan. 25, from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. All “White Elephant” activities will be held in the main classroom at

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Liberty wins county wrestling championship

The Liberty High School wrestling team won the Pickens County wrestling championship on Saturday at Easley High School. The team is now 20-5 on the season. The team has five regular-season events remaining before competing in the Class 2A state playoffs, which run from Feb 3-10. Team members include Caleb Courville, Shyann Oglesby, Payton Poole, Nathan Hellams, Jacob Rogers, McKinnon Stewart, Cole Murphy, Jacob Lee, Hunter Powell, Ajah Young, Dustin Krout, Trent Pitman, Brandon Vega, Noah Kelly, Brad Moore, Lucas Bates and Jack Brissey. The Devils’ head coach is Nathan Day. Assistant coaches are Dakota Stewart, Bo Chandler, and Alan Brooks. The team managers are Christy Taylor, Addie Cromer, Cameron Hope, Alyssa Chandler and Zoe Addington.

 

Easley High cheerleaders planning Kiddie Camp

EASLEY — Easley High School’s cheerleading squads will host a Winter Kiddie Camp for children in grades K5 through six Feb. 3 at the school.

Participants will learn cheers, chants, dances, motions and a mini routine to perform at the parent showcase. Additionally they will receive a T-shirt, water bottle and a take-home DVD of cheer material. The cost for the camp will be $25 per participant.

For more specific information about the camp and how to register, contact Lauren Hudson at LaurenHudson@pickens.k12.sc.us. The last day to register for the camp is Jan. 29.

 


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